Skip to comments.Athlete races at eight months pregnant
Posted on 06/27/2014 11:50:49 PM PDT by Citizen Zed
Four-time defending champion in the 800-metre race competes in the US Track and Field Championships despite being 34 weeks pregnant.
"This is my first pregnancy and of course I have had a lot of questions with my doctor and my midwife and how you can go about it," Montano said.
"My midwife and doctors were so encouraging I was like, 'this is something I can do'.
(Excerpt) Read more at bombalatimes.com.au ...
This is sooo foolish. :-(
A baby is too precious to take stupid chances with.
Good luck explaining that to the kid when they grow up.
Probably going to get piled on for this, but I would think this is less risky than it sounds. For one thing, it does say she consulted extensively with docs and birth experts beforehand, and they said it was acceptable.
More to the point, think of it this way: 15000 years ago, being able to sprint like this, while pregnant, would have been a valuable survival trait. Since pregnant females are high-priority targets for predators, it’s virtually certain that human women were pursued by predators while pregnant, and it would be counterproductive to lose the fetus as a result of having to escape a predator.
Had this woman been trying to run a triathlon, or a marathon, or some other extreme competition, it would be one thing, but a sprint works very differently on the body. While I’m not a sports-medicine expert, I would think she’s ok on this one.
Sounds like running is more important to her than potential risk to the child she’s carrying. I suspect being a mother will also take a back seat. I hope for the child’s sake that there’s somebody who will step up and put the child first.
linky no workee.
Another link, with picture of the abusive mother to be
A runner with good biomechanics doesn’t “shake” much more than the same person walking the same distance. If her doctors said it was safe for her to train at this point in pregnancy, why would racing be different? You train at “race pace” multiple times before the event.
There’s no mention of the baby’s father. I think his opinion would be important.
I assume with the Dr’s clearance this is little risk to the baby. But why even enter the race if your goal is to not be the first omen lapped in a 800 meter race. This is just a silly stunt.
I agree. Probably has to do with endorsement contracts.
In a photo finish she won by a belly
“While Im not a sports-medicine expert, I would think shes ok on this one.”
That theory works fine until she trips and belly flops.
Good for her.
With my doctor’s input, I worked out with a trainer for the duration of my pregnancy at the same level that I did before I was pregnant. Exercise is healthy for the mom & baby. And one of my close friends just had a baby last Friday, and we ran a half marathon and ten mile race together during her pregnancy. Her baby is s perfect.
Those here who are judging really just makes themselves sound incredibly uninformed.
She’s more likely to slip and fall in the shower than she is tripping on a world-class running track.
I’m no obstetrician and,being a guy,I’ve never been pregnant but it’s hard to imagine a responsible physician being thrilled by what this woman is doing.Yes,certain types of physical activity during pregnancy might be beneficial...but *this*? Yikes!
Ok,fair enough.But a couple of questions...how competent and how experienced is your doctor? I'm familiar with obstetrics as the results of having dealt with obstetricians affiliated with the finest OB/GYN hospital on earth (hint,it's in Boston).I was in administration so I'm not formally trained in the field but I am *quite* familiar with it.Second question:what research papers,or personal experience,was your doctor relying on in giving you the OK? Third,define "input".And lastly,how did your activity compare to what this woman's doing in terms of intensity,etc?
Her baby is s perfect.
Are you sure? Is there any chance that subtle (or not so subtle) abnormalities might become evident somewhere down the line? Perhaps the child will be a bit slow to reach certain milestones due to,let's say,a mild (or not so mild),short term,lack of oxygen to his/her developing brain due to your friend having been rather winded during this run?
Until I see an experienced obstetrician (or better still,a number of them) presenting peer reviewed studies by well respected researchers stating that activities such as hers (the woman in the story) are absolutely harmless I'm very skeptical regarding the wisdom of her having decided to participate in this competition.
“Shes more likely to slip and fall in the shower than she is tripping on a world-class running track.”
Maybe, but why press her luck considering what’s at stake?
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